Science in Society minor

The Science in Society minor will provide a focal point for our understanding of how scientific endeavours both feed from and contribute to human society. The Minor will provide students with core skills in scientific thinking, data management and computational problem solving. It combines two units that present core STEM skills, statistics and computer programming, with two units that apply those concepts to core issues where science meets society. The minor provides evidence-based insights into the global impact of Darwin's theory of natural selection, an understanding of the neurological basis of human behaviour, and the ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence. Students will also learn how science has been misappropriated to explain and sometimes justify some of the more unsettling aspects of human endeavour, including racism, colonialism, conflict and gender imbalances. This minor will challenge students to integrate creativity and science in their learning and assessments. Overall, the Science in Society minor will be attractive to any student interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the power of science to influence our daily lives, and how this knowledge can empower us to make impactful and positive decisions across a range of human activities. The minor will be highly relevant for students enrolled in both science and non-science Majors.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) create algorithms using computational thinking to solve problems; (2) critically assess and understand scientific information and its limitations; (3) access and manage data sets and assess their reliability; (4) understand evolutionary theory; and (5) apply metaphor and creativity to understand and communicate scientific discoveries and their impact on society.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 NEUR1001 Neuroscience in Society
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 ANIM2001 The Darwinian Revolution
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit ANIM1001 The Darwinian Revolution (ID 5787)
Take 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications ATAR
Or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Incompatibility:
Unit STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics (ID 397)
S1, S2 STAT1400 Statistics for Science
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1, S2 STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
or
MATH0038 Mathematical Analysis
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science (ID 388)